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GOP RECORDER CANDIDATES PUSH EXPERIENCE, EFFICIENCY

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With Salt Lake County Recorder Katie Dixon deciding not to seek a sixth term, her fellow Republicans fielded two candidates for the job and will leave the choice to voters.

Sally Lyon, a supervisor in the county assessor's office, has worked in the recorder's office and says her government experience has prepared her for the job.Nancy Workman, who owns and operates an engineering construction company, says her management experience and commitment to efficiency will give taxpayers more for their money.

The two candidates are vying to run against Democrat Jan Johnson, a former county tax administrator. Johnson emerged from her party's convention without a primary opponent.

"My experience as a title examiner and as a supervisor in the assessor's office along with my education and direct experience with the new technology gives me the expertise to lead the recorder's office into the 21st century," Lyon said.

She cites the support she has received from title insurance companies and others in the real estate industry as well as an endorsement from Dixon and the Davis and Utah county recorders as evidence of her standing among professionals who know the office.

Lyon promises to increase accessibility to public information in the recorder's office by encouraging libraries to provide remote terminals and installing a terminal in the county government center atrium for use after hours.

"The public and all of the real estate industry depend on the office for information relating to real estate, and I'm sensitive to their needs and time constraints," Lyon said.

Changing technology has also been featured in Lyon's campaign. She said she is committed to implementing new information mapping and optical scanning systems.

"This will involve a lot of coordination with other offices in the county," Lyon said, adding, "I have the experience and knowledge to accomplish that."

Workman almost eliminated Dixon at the 1990 Republican convention with 68 percent of the delegate vote but later lost in the primary race. She said she is better prepared and financed for this year's contest.

Her campaign has stressed the importance of property rights. Vowing to be an advocate for the homeowner, Workman said she would stop the placement of secret liens and claims on properties.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Workman founded the Salt Lake Academy of Design and was human resource director for Pyke Manufacturing.

She has been involved in a number of civic and professional associations, including the Murray Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors, Professional Republican Women, National Association of Women in Construction and Utah Advertising Federation.

Workman said she would apply her knowledge of business management to the administration of the recorder's office.

"I have spent the last four years studying the operations and doing feasibility analysis to greatly improve efficiency and reduce substantially the drain the people's tax dollar," Workman said.